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Diaspora key to success of India’s new Science, Technology, Innovation Policy

As India and the world reorient in the present context of the covid-19 crisis, a new Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) was initiated at this crucial juncture during mid-2020. The emergence of disruptive and impactful technologies poses new challenges and simultaneously greater opportunities. The Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly to an extent provided a compelling opportunity for R&D institutions, academia and industry to work in unison for sharing of purpose, synergy, collaboration and cooperation.

It is almost impossible to have a well-rounded discussion about India’s growth story without pooling in the role of the Indian diaspora. Standing at 32 million and comprising NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin), India has one of the largest diasporas in the world. The role of Indian diaspora in the success of new STIP is important.

Unlike previous STI policies, which were largely top-driven in terms of their formulation, the 5th National STI policy revolved around its core principles of being decentralized, evidence-informed, bottom-up, experts-driven, and inclusive. According to Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary at the Department of Science & Technology, “The aim of draft STIP will create an end to end science, technology and innovation ecosystem, which is inclusive and brings equal benefits to all stakeholders in the process”.

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